Category Archives: General Meeting

CLUB COMPETITIONS — DUE DATES

PCC Members, This listing should better clarify the Competitions and when Images are due.

Number of Competitions for each Category:
Open = 3
Nature = 3
Print = 3
Creative = 2
Photojournalism = 2
Theme = 2
City Landscape = 1
Smartphone = 1
President’s Special = 1

CICCA = 2

DUE DATES for TURN-IN


AUGUST 2018

8/21 — NATURE-1, OPEN-1

SEPTEMBER
9/4 — PHOTOJOURNALISM-1
9/18 — OPEN-2
9/25 — CREATIVE-1

OCTOBER
10/2 — CITY LANDSCAPE
10/23 — CICCA Print
10/26 — CICCA Digital

NOVEMBER
11/20 — PRINT-1
11/27 — THEME-1 (Botany)

DECEMBER
12/4 — NATURE-2

JANUARY 2019
1/8 — OPEN-3
1/22 — PRINT-2
1/29 — CREATIVE-2

FEBRUARY
2/5 — SMARTPHONE, THEME-2 (Still Life)
2/19 — PHOTOJOURNALISM-2, NATURE-3

MARCH
3/19 — PRINT-3

APRIL
4/2 — PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL (Capturing New with Old)

MAY
5/7 – END OF YEAR

COMPETITION HANDLERS

OPEN — Tom Ruhland
NATURE — Scott Dunham
CREATIVE — Julie Dodge
PHOTOJOURNALISM — Paul Bierma
CITY LANDSCAPE — Andrea Monninger
SMARTPHONE — Ray Keithley
THEME 1 — Paul Bierma
THEME 2 — Julie Dodge
PRINT — Alan Rogers
PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL — ?

(Since the website is public, please refer to the Member Directory for email addresses)

See the competition rules document on the for further details

All About the Night Sky

OK, maybe not “all” there is to know about the night sky, but certainly enough to satisfy a craving to learn what’s involved in photographing the night sky and the beautiful celestial objects that live there. On Tuesday, October 2nd, guest speaker, Craig Stocks will discuss astro-landscapes, featuring the Milky Way, as well as approaches to more detailed astrophotography. Post processing will also be addressed since it’s such a critical element to create a successful night sky photo.

Guests are welcome to attend.

Tips & Tricks of Macro Photography

Interested in learning more about macro photography? This week, Tuesday, September 25th, club member Crystal Johnson will present a program on the “tips and tricks” of shooting macros, equipment needed, and creative macro project ideas. Guests are welcome.

There will also be an opportunity for PCC members to participate in a Macro Photography Outing — Saturday, October 13 – Location and time TBA.

Strategies for Creating a Photography Program

Have you ever been asked to present your photography in front of a group and didn’t know where to start?

During this weeks meeting, club member Julie Dodge will present different strategies for “Creating Your Own Photography Program”. This will include how to: choose a topic; select and present your images; add topical notes; speak to the audience; and most importantly… keep their attention. Whether you’re creating a 15 minute show, or a full two-hour program, you’ll learn techniques that will help you feel confident when accepting an invitation to present, and when delivering your program.

This year, there will be opportunities for members to share more of their photography with the club besides competitions. If you have images to share, this is a program you won’t want to miss.

Tuesday, Sept 18, 7-9pm,
First United Methodist Church, Downtown Peoria.

Participating in Peoria Camera Club Photo Competitions

Peoria Camera Club offers members opportunities to participate in photo competitions to help you improve as a photographer, and develop a critcal eye when composing and editing your photos.

With 12 different categories of photo competitions, all with different rules, regulations, and submission requirements, entering club competitions can be daunting. On September 4th, the first meeting of the new club year, PCC members Ray Keithley and Rich Seeman will present a program on participating in club competitions. Ray and Rich have participated in competitions for many years and are both seasoned judges. Together they will help you navigate the rules and offer suggestions so you can confidently participate and properly submit your images in club competitions.

The following topics will be covered:
▪ Benefits (to you and the club) of participating in competitions
▪ The 12 different categories and the rules for each
▪ Club competition levels, their purpose and benefit to you
▪ Finding competition information on the club website
▪ Resizing and renaming digital images for competitions
▪ The judging process
▪ Interpreting judges’ comments
▪ How to succeed in competitions

In the past year, rules have changed, competitions have been added and image handlers have changed. Come to this meeting and learn about how these changes affect you and how to improve your chances of earning acceptances and winning in Club competitions.

First United Methodist Church, 7-9pm

(Photo credit: Cradled in Moms Arms, Gail Chastain)

May 22, 2018 Topic – Artist/Photographer Jason Reblando

Jason Reblando: New Deal Utopias

Photographer and artist Jason Reblando will give a talk about his recent photography book New Deal Utopias (Kehrer Verlag, 2017), which explores three planned communities built by the U.S. government during the Great Depression. His project explores the built environments and landscapes of Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin, collectively known as “Greenbelt Towns,” to evoke utopia both as an idea and a place in the American mind. He will also discuss fascinating historical context of the towns by incorporating archival photographs from the Farm Security Administration.

Jason received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from Boston College. He is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines, an Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council, and a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, Camera Austria, Slate, Bloomberg Businessweek, Marketplace, Real Simple, Places Journal, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Reader. His photographs are part of the collections in the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He teaches photography at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Hope to see you at the meeting Tuesday!
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

May 1, 2018 Topic – Henry Matthiessen

Henry Matthiessen is based out of Galena, IL and the owner of Stoned Art Studio. During his presentation Henry will cover the following topics:

Panorama Photography

Panorama photos deliver very impactful photo statements. We’ll explore the why’s and how’s of making stunning panorama photos, with demonstrations of how to execute, merge and post process via Lightroom and Photoshop giving you another medium to deliver excellent images to your viewers.

Artist Touch in Photography

Artists were the original recorders of events and emotions long before cameras were invented. We’ll discuss art techniques used by old masters as they relate to light, composition, and post process helping you deliver more impact in your photos to your viewers. Lightroom will be used to demonstrate how to take advantage of many of the art techniques.

For more information and to view some of Henry’s work, please visit: http://www.stonedartstudio.com/welcome.html

4/3 Program: “Find your Shot Where You Are-UK Edition” by Jim Burnham

JF6 6015During the question and answer at Ian Plant’s seminar last month, one of the attendees asked him something similar to this:

“So, you’ve gone to all these remote and fantastic places and taken all these fantastic photographs, what about someone who really can’t travel all around the world to find images. What do we do?”

Basically, the answer was to practice taking photos at home. If you can take good photos here, you can take good photos when you do eventually get to these places.

I wanted to do a presentation on just that, finding good photos here in Illinois. But I also promised Sam Black I would cover England and Scotland at some point. So, I decided to do both. On three separate trips over the last 20 years to England, Scotland and Wales, I took pictures of where I was at the time, rarely venturing out to the ultra-spectacular locations. It was combination vacation and photo excursion when I could get the time. So time was short on my own, or I had to find the shots where I was.

I’ll be covering different themes and subjects I am always looking for when I am out and about. This is the United Kingdom Edition.

      Hope to see you at the meeting Tuesday.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church

Join Us… March 27th for the “UNSEEING QUEST”

This week’s program, “The UnSeeing Quest“, presented by club members’ Rich Seeman, Ray Keithley and Vicki Padesky, will offer a practical application of lessons learned from Ian Plant’s Seminar by challenging club members to “UnSee” and “shoot like Ian”.

The speakers will provide an overview of Ian Plant’s creative seeing process… learning to “UnSee” what the average photographer sees and create images that “stand out from the crowd.” You will be encouraged to think like Ian, creatively interpret the subject, and impose your own artistic vision. For the “UNSEEING QUEST” you will be encouraged to embrace Ian’s idea of Discovery, Revelation, and Transformation, then go out on your own to find, shoot, and experience Ian’s approach to creative photography.

The April 24th and May 15th club meetings will provide opportunities for participating members to present and share your artistic interpretation and thought process behind making your final image(s). Even if you didn’t attend the seminar, ALL members are invited to participate. The March 27th meeting will provide important details you won’t want to miss.

Members are encouraged to put together a short (5-10 min) program of their images on a thumb drive, or as a PowerPoint show.

Be prepared to share your story and consider including the following:

  • An image of the overall scene you were shooting that includes your subject
  • An image of how you would normally “See” it, and shoot it
  • How you applied the “UnSee-It” process… Discovery, Revelation, Transformation
  • Your final image
  • The techniques or ideas you tried
  • Your thoughts on the “UnSeeing” process, how you used it, and how you may use it to shape your photography going forward

Anyone interested in participating or needing additional information, please contact Vicki Padesky at vickipadesky@comcast.net or call 309-696-0677.

3/6 Program: “Experiencing Vs Seeing, Using Your Senses for Better Images” by Hank Erdmann

Hank Erdmann is making a special trip from Lockport, IL to give us his presentation “ Experiencing Versus Seeing, Using your 11 Senses for Better Composition” Hank has been with us in the past and we are very fortunate that he was willing to make the trip all the way down here.

From Hank’s Blog:Experiencing Versus Seeing; Your 10? Senses and Image Making

Experiencing nature versus just seeing nature is what brings us as human beings to truly cherish it. By paying attention to our five human senses; vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste and to our five artistic senses; feeling, awareness, contrast, beauty, and simplicity, our photographs can start to match our awe and love for the natural world and share those feelings with those who view our images.1496247057610-ydbxejh50od-6c985fd62d8e7cce4214f2de1e568ebf

At some point in the progression of becoming an artist, and more specifically a photographer, we understand that seeing and documenting subject matter is not enough no matter technically proficient one is. At some point we realize we need more than just technical skill to make images that offer the viewer feeling and inspiration. Eventually we learn that there is more than going to a place or scene, holding up the camera or cell phone and pointing it at a subject and clicking the shutter button.  We either learn enough of the technical side or nowadays with advances in photographic equipment and in software, we just ignore that side and let our gear and software do OUR work for us.  I’d make a case that wouldn’t be prudent but that’s another argument and another article for a later time.  As we progress in our artistic life and grow as an artist, we start making the effort to learn more on the aesthetic side of the equation versus that on the mechanical and technical side. 1496246407454-ewlaaoc9lk-6c985fd62d8e7cce4214f2de1e568ebf

      Hope to see you at the meeting tonight.
     7-9pm, First United Methodist Church